Alright, so the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, has been out for a bit now, and the reviews have generally thought it pretty ridiculous. Who cares if a bunch of Hollywood types can't get it together? With these five car technologies, you might as well be your own Superman. It always disappoints me when movies don't live up to my ridiculously high standards, as then I have to go make my own. And that's taxing. I can't just go around making better versions of films all willy-nilly, as these things take plenty of money and plenty of time. Seriously, some of the cars in this list go for a pretty penny. If you find yourself becoming a random billionaire, however, it'll help to have some cars to re-create your Superman fantasy. Just put all of these characteristics in one vehicle (I'm sure it will be easy), and you'll be good to go. 1) Hopping Suspension Superman's original power was originally the ability to leap over tall buildings, and that's about it. No flight, no laser vision, no … [Read more...] about Five Car Technologies You’ll Need If You Want To Be Like Superman
Years ago I was in the emergency room waiting to get stitches, and a man stumbled into the waiting room bloody from a four wheeler accident up in the mountains. He had driven his truck down from the California Sierras into the Central Valley because he had seen an ad on TV for the hospital in my town and he only wanted the best treatment. The guy was delirious, and had been in no shape whatsoever to drive for several hours down high mountain roads, at night. But he said it was okay because he "had the cruise control on." Here's the moral of the story: some technologies in cars today encourage really bad behavior at the wheel. I'm not saying that cruise control is particularly bad (this is the only instance I've ever heard of it being used recklessly), but some features like lane departure warning systems only seem to encourage people to take their eyes off the road, or drive when they're exhausted thinking that a seat buzzer will save them from drifting into oncoming traffic. A study … [Read more...] about What’s The Most Worthless New Car Technology?
As this whirlwind pile-of-shit year comes to a close, it’s probably best to remember that, if you squint hard enough, a silver lining can appear and make you forget momentarily the imminent doom that lays ahead. 2016 was all about the continued convergence of the auto and tech sectors, and what’s coming next will be big for the brimming autonomous market—and may bring some hope for us drivers, too. But in 2017, the viability of some startups remains in flux, while the future of autonomous technology again promises to be front-and-center throughout the year. At least the car industry has some sense of what to expect after the new year. The rest of us aren’t so lucky. The First Fatality in a Self-Driving Car In May, the driver of a Tesla Model S died while cruising in its semi-autonomous Autopilot mode. The crash happened when neither the driver, nor the car’s sensors caught a tractor trailer pulling across the highway. The driver, 40-year-old Joshua Brown, … [Read more...] about The Biggest Car Technology Stories Of The Year And What’s Next
Japan's big three car makers will team up with electronics giants and the government to propel the country into the front ranks of self-driving car technology. "We will set up a so-called self-navigation business conference so that we can discuss what measures we need to take," a land and transport ministry official said, adding that they have yet to set the agenda. The Nikkei business daily said the government will invite Toyota, Nissan, and Honda as well as Panasonic and Hitachi to the meeting, which will look at jointly developing parts and technologies related to self-driving. More on innovation Google AI can pick out a single speaker in a crowd: Expect to see it in tons of products Gmail is getting a redesign that includes a 'Confidential Mode' Reliance on robots partially to blame for Model 3 production delays, says Elon Musk Hyperloop race heats up as HyperloopTT starts building its first test track The project will also involve the University of Tokyo and … [Read more...] about Japan focuses self-driving car technology
Verizon is accelerating automotive innovation with a little help from its friends. On Wednesday, the communications company announced its partnership with a number of global car companies, which will work together to "accelerate the pace of innovation" of the world's automotive and telematics system. BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Toyota are joining Verizon as the initial members of the 4G Venture Forum for Connected Cars, along with Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Sanjay Sarma. The group will collaborate and explore further development of the 4G LTE ecosystem. "As an innovator in the technology industry, Verizon is a natural impetus for this collaboration," Tami Erwin, Verizon Wireless chief marketing officer, said in a statement. Early this month, Verizon announced its $612 million acquisition of Hughes Telematics, a firm that specializes in bringing connected services to vehicles, according to The Next Web. The deal will allow Verizon to expand its machine-to-machine … [Read more...] about Verizon Drives Toward Connected Car Technology